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Missy Andersen and Her One Man Band
November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST$5 – $10
Born in Detroit and living in San Diego by way of Queens, N.Y., Andersen and her one-man band—guitarist and husband Heine Andersen—boast a wide-ranging musical repertoire that ranges from Chicago blues to New Orleans second-line beats, slow blues and soul ballads, Memphis soul to funky Meters-like rhythms.
Peter Merrett of PBS Australia calls Missy “one of the truly great voices of our time.” Other critics have agreed, as evidenced by her earning Blues Music Awards nominations for Soul Blues Album and Blues Female Artist in both 2015 and 2016. Blues Blast also nominated her for Soul Blues Album and Blues Female Artist in 2015. Also in a Blues Matters Writer’s Poll, Andersen was voted Best Newcomer Runner-up.
Her newest album is In the Moment, which features 11 varied tracks including eight originals, five of which are penned by the Andersens. Keeping a heavy touring schedule, the tenacious twosome performs as a duo which showcases the couple’s individual and combined talents. In the absence of other instruments, listeners find a greater appreciation for Missy’s gospel-tinged vocals and Heine’s blues & Americana inspired guitar work.
A charismatic performer known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy began fronting bands in her early teens, playing local venues which quickly lead to doing studio sessions and performances as a background vocalist. She continued honing her skills and moved to San Diego, where she met Heine, a seasoned musician visiting from Denmark. They would eventually marry and form the San Diego-based band, Tell Mama. It wasn’t long before they decided to strike out on their own and immediately began touring Europe for several years, recording their self-titled debut CD in Copenhagen between performances.
In October 2014, the duo won the chance to represent San Diego in the International Blues Competition in Memphis along with other blues acts from all over the world. Two months later, they were ineligible to compete because Missy received a 2015 Blues Music Award nomination in the Soul Blues Artist Female category. IBC registrants cannot appear on a final ballot of the BMAs as it is considered to be the top honor in the blues. It was the first time a contestant was disqualified since the rule was instated. Says Missy, “A BMA nomination is a good problem to have.”